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Smallville: Vortex

"Clark doesn't belong to you. He belongs to the world."

It's a twister! It's a twister!

Jonathan and Nixon trapped in the basement under the trailer was the most interesting part of this one. It was fun, Jonathan getting to talk to someone truthfully about Clark's abilities. Nixon actually seemed to be something of a good guy at one point, but no. As evil and vicious as Nixon was, he did have a point or two. Jonathan is indeed hiding the most amazing being on earth on a farm in Kansas.

I was surprised that Lex killed Nixon. Okay, certainly, he was saving Jonathan's life, but I still didn't expect it. What was Lex feeling as he stood over Nixon's body? He had the oddest expression on his face. It was nice that Jonathan unbent enough to thank Lex for saving his life, but what choice did he have?

Lex saved Lionel's life, too. Knock me over with a feather. But in a sense, it was too late, because Lionel knew that Lex was tempted to let him die. And Lionel is now blind. I don't see them going on father-son outings together any time soon.

Poor Chloe decided to test Clark's devotion way too soon by telling him they should just be friends and hoping he would object. Chloe, you should have waited until you'd had a couple of hot dates and possibly even some wrestling at the drive-in first. You'll never get him back now.

Bits and pieces:

— Eric Johnson (Whitney) is now out of the cast. That's good. John Glover (Lionel) is now in. That's even better.

— Clark told Jonathan that he thought that he was flying while he was in the tornado. Suitably ambiguous. Was Clark flying or not? Pretty awesome special effects, either way.

— We learned that Lana always thought she would die young. Hyperbole, or are the writers seeding the idea that they plan to kill her off at some future point?

— The oil dripping on Lex's head from Nixon's car in the tree looked like blood. I thought at first that that was how Nixon would die: flattened by his own car.

— The Talon made a particularly garish "Tornado Relief Center." The Talon looks different. They changed the set.

— In the initial hospital scenes, Lionel was half-naked. The man has quite a chest on him.

— With a house landing on Jonathan and Nixon, and Lana up in a twister, it was unsurprising that there were about three hundred Wizard of Oz references.

— The space ship is now out in someone's field, and the octagonal key is missing.

— Clark called Martha "Super mom."


Lex: "Forgiveness is not in his emotional lexicon." Lexicon. Ha ha.

Nixon: "You have the most amazing being on Earth doing chores on your farm."

Three and a half stars,

Billie Doux had a love-hate relationship with Smallville, which is why some of her reviews are briefer than they should be.


  1. As I've said before, I am not a huge fan of Jonathan's. But, the scene with Nixon really struck me this time. Jonathan made a choice when Clark was a toddler to protect him from the world and has taken that choice seriously. But, at what cost? Hearing Jonathan share stories and facts with Nixon, I realised that Jonathan has borne this burden pretty much on his own -- other than Martha, he has had no one else to talk to about what must be a challenging son to raise.

    But, Nixon made some great points that I'm afraid Jonathan didn't hear. Yes, Jonathan needed to protect his son when Clark was a child. But, Clark is growing up and needs to begin to figure out how he is going to fit into the world outside of Smallville. I mean, it is obvious that he is not going to spend his life as a farmer. Jonathan, however, is so focused on the protection side that I'm afraid he's missing the bigger picture.

    On a happier note, I like the scene where Martha shares the wish story with Lana. Very simple, yet very moving.

  2. the twister rescue in the very beginning had this spooky shot where lana's head looks like it's turned away but suddenly with a flash you can see her eye peering at him through her whipping hair. it's done without any sound cue which actually made me flinch even more than if there was a jumpscare sound lol... so anyone who's reading this after watching the episode might wanna make sure they didn't miss that if they were multitasking. now, pair that with her last scene in the episode where she borderline-menacingly tells clark he can't hide forever. this has been lana at her most interesting so far... and i sympathize with her. he friendzones a f*cking catch like chloe and then still refuses to trust the woman who's basically beseeching him to come clean. like wtf, it's like walter white levels of bald-faced lying.


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